Handling Dental Emergencies in Kids: A Parent's Guide

The TeleDentists
May 21, 2024

As parents, we strive to keep our children safe and healthy, but accidents happen, especially when it comes to active little ones. Dental emergencies can be particularly distressing for both children and parents alike. From knocked-out teeth to toothaches and everything in between, knowing how to handle dental emergencies in kids is crucial. Let’s explore common dental emergencies that children may encounter and provide guidance on how to respond effectively.


1. Tooth Fractures:

Children's boundless energy often leads to accidents and falls, which can result in chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. If your child experiences a tooth fracture, rinse their mouth with warm water and apply acold compress to reduce swelling. Contact The TeleDentists for further guidance and treatment. A video consultation is much less traumatic (and cheaper) than a visit to the ER or Urgent Care. Stay home, get connected.


2. Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Teeth:

A knocked-out tooth can be a frightening experience for both child and parent. If your child's tooth is completely knocked out, gently rinse it with water, being careful not to remove any attached tissue. Attempt to reinsert the tooth into its socket, if possible, and hold it in place while seeking immediate dental care. If reinsertion isn't feasible, place the tooth in a container of milk or saliva to keep it moist until you can reach The TeleDentists. Our TeleDentists can guide you on how to reinsert the tooth or discuss what next steps should be taken to preserve the tooth.


3. Loose Teeth:

As children's baby teeth loosen to make way for permanent teeth, it's a natural part of their dental development. However, if a tooth becomes excessively loose due to trauma or injury, it may require immediate attention. Contact The TeleDentists to determine if that tooth is supposed to be loose or not!


4. Dental Abscess:

An abscessed tooth can cause severe pain, swelling, and fever in children. If your child complains of persistent tooth pain or exhibits signs of swelling around the gums or face, contact us immediately. Dental abscesses require prompt treatment to prevent further complications.


5. Object Lodged Between Teeth:

Children's curiosity often leads them to explore the world with their mouths, sometimes resulting in objects becoming lodged between their teeth. If your child experiences discomfort due to an object lodged between their teeth, gently try to remove it with dental floss. Avoid using sharp objects that could cause injury. If you're unable to remove the object or if there's bleeding or significant discomfort, contact The TeleDentists for assistance.


6. Soft Tissue Injuries:

Injuries to the gums, lips, tongue, or cheeks can occur from falls or accidents. If your child experiences a soft tissue injury, gently clean the area with warm water and apply pressure to control bleeding. Contact the TeleDentists if bleeding persists or if the injury is severe.


7. Orthodontic Emergencies:

Children undergoing orthodontic treatment may encounter issues such as broken wires or brackets, which can cause discomfort. Contact The TeleDentists for guidance on how to address the issue and whether an emergency appointment is necessary.


Dental emergencies in children can be stressful, but knowing how to respond can make all the difference in preserving their dental health. By taking prompt action and seeking professional care when needed, parents can help alleviate pain, prevent further damage, and ensure the best possible outcome for their child's smile. Remember to stay calm in the face of dental emergencies and connect with The TeleDentists immediately. Your proactive response can make a world of difference for your child's oral health and well-being.